Talking Architecture & Design Podcast (Episode 50:) - Troy Creighton talks about making building materials in Australia, water sustainability and smart drains... Listen Now
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    New innovations in home shading
    New innovations in home shading

    Australia is among the hottest, sunniest countries in the world. While this tends to be reflected in our contemporary residential architecture, this wasn’t always the case.


    Thinking about working from home long-term? 3 ways it could be good or bad for your health
    Thinking about working from home long-term? 3 ways it could be good or bad for your health

    The coronavirus pandemic has forced many of us to work from home, often in less than ideal circumstances.


    How insulation helps reduce energy consumption
    How insulation helps reduce energy consumption

    The need to reduce energy consumption combined with the desire of homeowners to cut costs and enhance their quality of life means that, right now, insulation is a critical topic for specifiers.


    Why heritage protection is about how people use places, not just their architecture and history
    Why heritage protection is about how people use places, not just their architecture and history

    The roar of the crowd at the stadium. Jostling to see the New Year fireworks in the public square. Captivated by the band at the pub. Meeting mates outside the train station. These experiences conjure sites of importance for each of us.


    Owners of electric vehicles to be paid to plug into the grid to help avoid blackouts
    Owners of electric vehicles to be paid to plug into the grid to help avoid blackouts

    Electric vehicles can help keep the air clean in our cities – as we’ve seen recently with the reduction of traffic through COVID-19 lockdowns – but they face two obstacles.


    Scratching beneath the surface of veneers
    Scratching beneath the surface of veneers

    The word ‘veneer’ has managed to traverse various meanings, or at least garner many understandings.


    If architecture is the canary in the coalmine, the outlook for construction is appalling
    If architecture is the canary in the coalmine, the outlook for construction is appalling

    Architecture suffers before building does.


    Vital Signs: Stamp duty is an economic drag. Here's how to move to a better system
    Vital Signs: Stamp duty is an economic drag. Here's how to move to a better system

    For all the things we don’t know about COVID-19 one thing is certain: our economic recovery will depend on boosting productivity. Everyone from the Reserve Bank of Australia governor Philip Lowe to Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese seem to agree on this.


    Melbourne tower lockdowns unfairly target already vulnerable public housing residents
    Melbourne tower lockdowns unfairly target already vulnerable public housing residents

    This week, the Victorian government unilaterally placed the residents of nine public housing towers in inner Melbourne under “hard lockdown” due to the “explosive potential” of increasing COVID-19 cases.


    Post-pandemic cities: Urban life in the wake of COVID-19
    Post-pandemic cities: Urban life in the wake of COVID-19

    City infrastructure has felt the effects of the pandemic in various facets from public transport to social density.


    Getting a grip on windows and doors
    Getting a grip on windows and doors

    In a digital new age, life has changed, and so have our entrances and our glass peepholes. But more specifically, so have our materials, the way we interact with them, what we expect from them and how we see our future with them. Them, as in, doors and windows.


    Overcrowding and affordability stress: Melbourne's COVID-19 hotspots are also housing crisis hotspots
    Overcrowding and affordability stress: Melbourne's COVID-19 hotspots are also housing crisis hotspots

    Melbourne is once again grappling with increasing COVID-19 rates. Ten suburbs in Melbourne have been designated COVID-19 outbreak hotspots: Broadmeadows, Keilor Downs, Maidstone, Albanvale, Sunshine West, Hallam, Brunswick West, Fawkner, Reservoir and Pakenham.


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